vSphere-6:Part 3-Install and Configure Esxi 6


In last 2 post of this series we discussed overview of vSphere 6 and looked closely on components required for building a vSphere 6 lab at home. If you have missed earlier posts of this series then you can access the same by clicking on below links:

1: Introduction to vSphere 6

2: vSphere 6-Lab Setup

In this post we will look into installation of Esxi 6. I am using  Esxi version 6.0 update01 (Build 3073146) in my lab for this purpose.

Installation of Esxi has not changed much and its very similar to version 5.5. I am installing Esxi 6 in VMware Workstation on my local SATA hard disk but you may consider other options such as running Esxi host from USB disk or running stateless Esxi host with use of auto deploy.

Esxi 6 Installation

1: Attach the Esxi 6 iso image to the virtual machine and boot the system. You will be presented see the standard ESXi 6.0 Boot Menu as shown below. Press “Enter” to continue

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2: Let the ESXi load the necessary libraries to install the hypervisor.

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3: Check VMware HCL guide  to see whether your hardware is listed or not. If the hardware is not listed, then you can’t get the support from VMware regarding installing Esxi on unsupported hardware. Press “Enter” to continue

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4:  Accept the EULA by pressing F11.

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5: Esxi will scan for available devices on system.

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6: Select the disk for the ESXi installation and “Enter” to continue.

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7: Select the keyboard layout.

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8: Set the root password for the Esxi host. make sure password matches.

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9: Press F11 to start the installation.

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10: Installation process will begin

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11: Press Enter to reboot the host to complete the installation.

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12: Let the reboot process complete.

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Configuring Esxi host

13: After installation of Esxi host you will be presented with the familiar screen. If you have DHCP server installed in your environment, you will find Esxi host have an IP assigned from DHCP else you will see APIPA IP (169.254.213.121) assigned to host.

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14: Press F2 to start configuration of your Esxi host. You will be presented with Login screen. Provide your credentials and hit enter.

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15: From System Configuration menu select “Configuration management Network” and hit enter.

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16: Select IPv4 Configuration and press enter.

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17: Select “Set static IPv4” option and supply the value for IPv4 address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway and hit enter.

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18: Select DNS Configuration option and hit Enter.

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19: Select Use the following DNS Server option and supply the value of Primary DNS Server and hostname etc. Hit enter.

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20: Select DNS suffixes and hit enter.

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21: Enter your DNS suffix and hit enter.

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22: Press escape to exit network configuration wizard. It will ask you to restart management network. Press Y to do so.

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23: Now test your management network configuration. Select “Test Management Network” from system configuration menu and hit enter.

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24: If your configuration is correct Management Network Test will pass all checks.

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25: Next is to disable IPv6 configuration by selecting this option from Configuration Management Network menu.

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26: Select “Disable IPv6” option and  hit enter  to disable IPv6. This requires restarting Esxi host for changes to take effect.

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27: Press Y for applying changes and reboot host.

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28: Wait for  host restart to complete.

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With this basic configuration of Esxi host has been completed. More can be explored by connecting it using vSphere C# Client and playing around different configuration options.

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About Alex Hunt

Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in VMware Software India Pvt Ltd as Operations System Engineer (vCloud Air Operations). I have around 5 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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13 Responses to vSphere-6:Part 3-Install and Configure Esxi 6

  1. what is this ip for 192.168.0.2 , what device are you using for this ??

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    • Alex Hunt says:

      This IP is serving as gateway for my management network. I am not using any dedicated device for gateway but instead I have configured this IP on VM Net8 network adapter in VMware Workstation.

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  3. pradeep says:

    great one ,keep going on alex

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  5. VenuGopal M says:

    Wow Alex is relay superb. you are doing grate job.
    Can u please provide VLAN Configuration Steps.

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